Sugar industry looks up despite weather
THROUGHPUT at Isis Mill for week eight was 61,826 tonnes.
The mill has now processed 423,728 tonnes of cane for the 2014 season.
CCS continues to rise with the weekly average reaching 13.70 units and the year to date CCS figure now stands at 13.50 units.
Bin weight for the week reached 6.38 tonnes.
The 2014 estimate has risen from 1,074,000 to 1,130,000 tonnes of cane.
This is good news for the Isis region, which has been impacted by both drought and frost during 2014.
While the estimate is only a forecast and deductions need to be made for plants, it is likely the mill will crush a crop close to 1,100,000 tonnes.
The increased available crop can be attributed to a number of factors.
These include the later start to the season, which maximised growth, the inclusion of some drought-affected cane that was not included in the estimate that was subsequently frosted and had to be harvested and the utilisation of multipliers, which is allowing growers to harvest virtually any sized crop profitably.
The significant rain event has also helped, along with better than expected results from a number of varieties including KQ228, Q240 and Q238.
The region’s economy is reliant on the sugar industry to provide income for growers and employees who derive a living from sugar cane.
The extra throughput will lighten the burden the district is carrying after repeated unfavourable weather events, and is good news for growers.